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Filmic is Watershed and St George's annual season exploring and celebrating the creative connections across film and music. This collection of events and interviews were all recorded as part of Filmic.
I Looked at the film and it all sounded E flat
- Ry Cooder on Paris, Texas
As the Cooder quote above implies, musicians can see films in quite different ways and their creative input at its best enhances and helps shape the feel, mood and tone of the film. Filmic celebrates some of the best of these creative partnerships.
Film may have started out as a silent enterprise, but very quickly music was required: whether to compete for attention in the noisy cabaret halls where early film was projected, or simply because watching a film silently is quite an unnatural and unnerving experience. The arrival of sound in the late 1920s forged a lasting bond that has yet to be broken. Would Hitchcock’s Psycho have been nearly as tense and terrifying without Bernard Herrmann’s brilliant score? And would Herrmann’s score have terrified and stirred us so without Hitchcock’s visual imagination?
This unique season celebrates the rich relationship between the two forms, and this collection brings together a range of respected local and international musicians who have been profoundly influenced by film, and who create music for cinema and moving image.
Watch internationally-renowned composer Philip Glass, producer and PJ Harvey collaborator John Parish, italian-sudanese musician Amira Kheir and founding member of The Jesus and Mary Chain Douglas Hart as they discuss their own relationships with film and music, all recorded as part of Filmic's wide-ranging annual programme.
Also included are related Watershed talks and events such as a rare interview with composer Laurie Johnson (The Avengers, Dr Strangelove) on the music of Bernard Herrmann, Portishead's Adrian Utley on Herrmann's score for Taxi Driver and a short documentary about the Watershed commissioned Mail Maps and Motion, a performance of music, live visuals and archive footage presented as part of London 2012.
So, enjoy listening to the film and watching the music.
Filmic: The Brothers Johnson in Conversation Director Gerard Johnson and The The Musician and Composer Matt Johnson discuss the connections between film and music
Philip Glass in Conversation Seminal composer Philip Glass discusses his work for film with conductor Charles Hazlewood.
Mica Levi - Under The Skin composer’s Q&A Genre-crossing experimental musician Mica Levi discusses how she approached scoring a feature film for the first time.
Laurie Johnson on Bernard Herrmann Composer Laurie Johnson discusses his friend Bernard Herrmann, the man behind the music for Psycho, Vertigo, and Taxi Driver.
Herrmann: Knowing the Score Composer Neil Brand reveals some of the techniques employed by Bernard Herrmann in crafting his iconic and emotionally powerful film scores.
Filmic: Christopher Frayling - For A Few Guitars More Sir Cristopher Frayling discusses the Spaghetti Western, focusing on the defining partnership of director Sergio Leone and composer Ennio Morricone
Douglas Hart in Conversation Douglas Hart, a founding member of The Jesus and Mary Chain, discusses his work as a short film and music video director.
Adrian Utley on Taxi Driver Portishead’s Adrian Utley and Watershed’s Head of Programme, Mark Cosgrove, consider the enormous impact of Bernard Herrmann’s last ever score.
Screenplay: John Parish in Conversation John Parish, composer and producer known for his work with PJ Harvey, shares the films that influenced his musical style.
Filmic: Jocelyn Pook in Conversation Jocelyn Pook, composer of music for film, television, theatre, ballet and contemporary dance, talks to Watershed's Mark Cosgrove for Filmic.